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TV Doc to NBC: Gimme My Money, STAT!!!

3/28/2008 9:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TV legend Jack Klugman is suing NBC over profits he says the network owes him from his show "Quincy M.E." -- which last aired in 1983! Where ya been for 25 years???
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According to the lawsuit, Klugman claims he and his company, Sweater Productions, are entitled to 25% of all "net profits" from the show. But Klugman says the network has reported to him that as of the end of the fiscal year 2006, "Quincy M.E." had accumulated over $66 million in net losses. Say what?

Klugman claims he tried to get NBC to turn over all its papers regarding the show, but was turned away with a letter that said they were "unable to comply with your request ... because it is NBC Universal's policy not to provide copies of talent contracts or other confidential documents."

Klugman wants the money he is owed, plus legal fees. A rep for NBC had no comment.

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The Icon    

Damn.... chasing those dollars!!!

After 25 years no less!!!

2313 days ago
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Kelli    

Who is that? Doesn't look like him.

2313 days ago
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writergal    

go to my site and read about the book -- http://celebrity-do-gooders.blogspot.com/2008_01_01_archive.html (scroll down once you get there!)

jack klugman wrote a great book about his friendship with tony randall (felix ungar) from the odd couple. it's a great, easy read. this man is adorable and deserves every penny. we don't know the background to it, but i'm sure he's taken other steps through the years and now, thanks to places like this on the internet, people know his business.

where would we be without Oscar Madison or Quincy! he's a legend! if you don't know who he is, find out.


thanks!

2313 days ago
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jef    

It doesn't at all.

2313 days ago
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Scout    

I thought he died.

2313 days ago
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Bubblebunny    

Get Gloria to git da Money. Glorrrriiiiiaaaaaaa!!!! Come on over and get Jack his money, OK ??

2313 days ago
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cls    

There may not have been original episodes since 1983, but I've seen it since in syndication. If his production company was involved in the originals, he probably IS entitled to syndication royalties. Leave it to the studios to practice "creative accounting" so that they always come out ahead.

2313 days ago
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Bchbunnie4    

66 million in losses??? For a show that hasn't been in production in over 25 years??? I dont think so!! I thnk they are trying to scam Quincy!!!

2313 days ago
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KC    

I'm sure NBC owes him plenty! Thanks for caring, TMZ!

2313 days ago
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just wondering    

...U FIGHT THEM JACK!!!!!!!!!!...SLEEZY CORPORATE PIRATES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...GO GET EM!!...LOVED UR SHOW!

2313 days ago
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dreamer    

The cobwebs on this story are so annoying.

2313 days ago
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Bob L    

Hiding profits is nothing new in Hollywood. All the studios do it and get away with it.
I remember once reading that Paramount Studios claimed that the original Star Trek television series (with Captain Kirk and Spock) had never made any money- even after many many years of television syndication.
Paramount claimed that there had never been a dime of profits from that show- and this was after it had been running on television for over 30 years- and about 27 of those years were when the show was in World wide syndication.
If Paramount could make that claim- than no television show is safe from studios who juggle the account books.

2313 days ago
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Kelli    

I'd do him! Yeah!

2313 days ago
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c    

They still play this show on a pbs channel (56 on our T.V.) @ 1p.m.. Sooooo hmmmmm sounds like someone is getting robbed!
Hope he gets his $.

2313 days ago
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cutthecrap    

It's because of the bull$hit like this, I had my cable turned off two yrs ago....Shame on those greedy execs!! Give this man what he is owed!!!! Without him and many others like him, the networks and syndicates would not be where they are today...

What a sorry state broadcasting is in these days...

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